Giving Compass’ Take:
• The author suggests various activities that education innovators can take part in order to lay the foundation for generativity which is defined as, “the ability to continuously generate growth through self and shared reflection and iteration”. Generativity will lead to the growth of personalized learning.
• What are the connective points between generativity and building personalized learning classrooms?
For better or worse, another school year is winding down. For school leaders who have been hoping to kick off a new, student-centered approach to teaching, that means you have to act fast.
The whole idea of student-centered, personalized learning may seem like a long and daunting task—and perhaps it is—but there is one small step that can lay the groundwork for a culture of generativity. Pulling from our research with Dr. Arnetha Ball at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, we define “generativity” as the ability to continuously generate growth through self and shared reflection and iteration.
Every school leader still has it in them to do one simple thing that builds this awareness—and here’s how:
- Publicly commit to doing something you don’t know how to do. For example, using a new digital app, playing a digital game with your students, running a virtual meeting via your learning management system or other digital platform, or any skill that feels uncomfortable or intimidating.
- Share Status Updates: Follow up on your public commitment with public updates on the status of your learning. This step demonstrates that it’s common to encounter moments of triumph and trial along the way.
- Celebrate the Attempt: Whether or not you were entirely successful (it’s almost better if you weren’t successful), publicly recognize the investment of time, energy and considered focus you gave to this project.
- Ask Teachers to Join You: Extend an invite to all teachers to realize the benefits of trying something, anything, new themselves. The idea is to just take action, be in motion and actively extend into uncharted territory.
This is the baseline for a culture of generativity and what will propel schools into more adaptive, more personalized teaching practices. And it all starts with one simple step.
Read the full article about creating innovative learning by Jason Green at EdSurge
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